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Old 02-02-2014, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been wanting to make a new thread for a while now, and I figured the time could be no better than the weekend I sent out all my Spring Training 2014 requests. I haven't decided what I'll do with the old thread really, I might find a way to put the pictures here and recap only my past successes.

Anyway, I am hoping in this thread to provide updates for my blog and eventually even videos recapping my separate ips/ttms once the season kicks off.

Andy's Autographs: My 2014 Spring Training TTM Sendouts

Here you'll find my list of ST sendouts, I'll maintain that post in the future assuming I get some returns
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2013: 63

Active Players:
Danny Hultzen 1/1
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Kevin Gausman 1/1
Ryan Rowland-Smith 1/1
Bryce Brentz 1/1
Yoshinori Tateyama 1/1
Didi Gregorius 1/1
Stephen Strasburg 1/1
Joe Panik 1/1
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Zach Lee 1/1
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AJ Burnett 1/1
Matt Harrison 1/1
Stephen Romero 1/1
Jordan Zimmermann 1/1
Kevin Pillar 1/1
Colby Lewis 1/1
Justin Masterson 1/1
Kyle Crick 1/1
Lucas Giolito 1/1
Mark Appel 1/1
Henry Urrutia 1/1
Jose Ramirez 1/1
Ji-Man Choi 2/1
Matt Davidson 1/1
Hisanori Takahashi 1/1
Luke Jackson 1/1
Justin Nicolino 1/1
Nick Delmonico 1/1
Joc Pederson 1/1
Edwin Escobar 1/1
Marcus Stroman 1/1
Sean Nolin 1/1
Jedd Gyorko 1/1
Koji Uehara 1/1
Chang-Yong Lim 1/1
Cody Asche 1/1
Brandon Workman 1/1
Michael Roth 1/1
Nick Ahmed 1/1
CJ Cron 2/2
Jorge Soler 1/1
Branden Kline 1/1
Cory Spangenberg 1/1
Nolan Fontana 1/1
Andrew Heaney 1/1
Colin Moran 1/1
Mike Trout 1/1
Adam Dunn 1/1
Paul Konerko 1/1

Retired Players:
Bobby Doerr 1/1
Bill Mueller 1/1
Mike Mussina 1/1
Ron Cey 2/2

Other Sports:
Arnold Palmer 1/1
Anna Kournikova 1/1
Robin Van Persie 1/2
Marcelo Saragosa 1/0

Other:
Alexa Vega 1/0
Richard Ayoade 1/0

2014: 93
Active Players:
Aaron Sanchez 1/1
Austin Hedges 1/1
Kris Bryant 2/2
Clayton Kershaw 1/1
Scooter Gennett 1/1
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez 1/1
Randy Choate 2/2
Dalier Hinojosa 1/1
Evan Scribner 1/1
Hector Santiago 1/1
Arnold Leon 1/1
Brad Miller 1/1
Vance Worley 1/1
AJ Griffin 1/1
Danny Salazar 1/1
Liam Hendriks 1/1
Jim Johnson 1/1
Ricky Nolasco 1/1
Michael Wacha 1/1
Steve Delabar 2/2
Dustin Ackley 1/1
Tommy Joseph 1/1
Sean Doolittle 1/1
J.D. Martinez 1/2
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Brock Holt 2/2
Tommy Kahnle 1/1
Yoervis Medina 1/1
JB Shuck 1/1
Jim Adduci 1/1
John McDonald 1/1
Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez 1/1
Eddie Butler 1/1
Junichi Tazawa 2/2
Matt Thornton 2/2
Chia-Jen Lo 1/1
Doug Fister 2/2
Tanner Scheppers 1/1
Leonys Martin 1/1
Rafael Montero 1/1
Nick Tepesch 1/1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2/2
Jake Elmore 1/4
Patrick Kivlehan 2/2
Rob Refsnyder 1/1
Jason Castro 1/1
Darin Ruf 2/2
Billy Burns 1/1
Shunsuke Watanabe 1/1
Robinson Chirinos 1/2
Ben Zobrist 4/2
Kendry Flores 1/1
Melvin Mercedes 1/1
Avery Romero 1/1
Ken Giles 1/1
Jose Berrios 1/1
Francisco Arcia 1/1
Blake Beavan 1/1
Koyie Hill 1/1
Deven Marrero 1/2
Braden Shipley 1/1
Jason Hursh 1/1
Kevin Plawecki 2/2
Matt Reynolds 1/1
Tanner Roark 1/1
Glynn Davis 2/2
Mike Ohlman 1/1
Mike Yastrzemski 2/2
Joe Colon 1/1
Renato Nunez 1/1
Aaron Nola 2/2
Alex Yarbrough 1/1
Nick Kingham 1/1
Jair Jurrjens 1/1
Christian Binford 1/1

Retired Players:
Rafael Palmeiro 1/1
Wade Boggs 2/2
Kolbrin Vitek 1/1
Pokey Reese 1/1
Phil Nevin 1/1
Luis Gonzalez 1/1
Matt Stairs 1/1

Other Sports:
Chicharito 1/1
Elena Hight 2/0
Alex Morgan 1/1

Other:
Guy Fieri 1/1
Nolan North 1/1
Slash 1/1
Jimmy Smits 1/1
James Earl Jones 1/1
Amy Allen 1/1
Matthew Wood 2/2
Orianthi Panagaris 1/1
Gabriela Isler 1/1
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First response of the new thread! Had a feeling I'd get this back after another member got his on Saturday. 1/1 from BA's #1 Padres and MLB.com's #24 MLB prospect, Austin Hedges!

127 days since I sent, I thought all my remaining pending AFL ttms were never coming back! Awesome surprise
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One strange rts today and one AMAZING return, rts from Henry Rollins (addy crossed out?)... I am so happy about the return though, 2/2 from a Mr. Kris Bryant, postmarked from Las Vegas, NV! He signed both my 4x6s nicely in black. I was so speechless! 131 days from the Arizona Fall League! Thought these were long gone.

Can you tell which one is CVS brand and which is from Shutterfly?
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Nice return from Bryant. I saw some a few successes last week that were sent to his house so he must have also started signing his AFL mail right after that.
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One strange rts today and one AMAZING return, rts from Henry Rollins (addy crossed out?)... I am so happy about the return though, 2/2 from a Mr. Kris Bryant, postmarked from Las Vegas, NV! He signed both my 4x6s nicely in black. I was so speechless! 131 days from the Arizona Fall League! Thought these were long gone.

Can you tell which one is CVS brand and which is from Shutterfly?
Well, now I'm very excited for the mailman to come today...

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Rollins sent me the same thing for my Ginter
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Oh no! I sent to Rollins about a month ago and still haven't seen it. Was really hoping to get that back.
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Never before have I encountered so much fail... received 6 return to senders today, one from Jason Giambi and the rest from my Atlanta Braves ST sendouts.... WTF!!

Can anybody help me figure out what I did wrong with these?? I used the ballpark addy from SpringTrainingConnection:

700 S Victory Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 34747

Did I send too early or something????

"Wrong address return to sender" was written on the Giambi one, the rest all said "not deliverable as addressed/unable to forward"
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Never before have I encountered so much fail... received 6 return to senders today, one from Jason Giambi and the rest from my Atlanta Braves ST sendouts.... WTF!!

Can anybody help me figure out what I did wrong with these?? I used the ballpark addy from SpringTrainingConnection:

700 S Victory Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 34747

Did I send too early or something????

"Wrong address return to sender" was written on the Giambi one, the rest all said "not deliverable as addressed/unable to forward"
Dang I just sent mine today for that address. Try putting Champion Stadium on it. But they will go out tomorrow. I think it might be too early but the pitchers and catchers report the 13th and the position players come the 18th
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I did a search online and found a different zip code for the address, 32830. I'm sending my 5 back out tomorrow in new envelopes with:

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700 South Victory Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

I thought maybe my mistake was not writing Kissimmee the first time, but I realized I wrote Kissimmee in place of LBV on one of my RTS's and it didn't make a difference. I'm guessing the problem was the zip, hopefully. If not, then JEEZ the mail gods must not want us to write to the Braves I pray Gattis signs!
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I had the same thing happen to me. Got a RTS from Brandon Beachy the other day.
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Saw some sweet Kershaw returns lately, was hoping he was going to get to mine and he did! Signed my '12 Gypsy nicely in blue. 216 days since I sent! I was a little anxious at first because when I opened the envelope all I pulled out was his religious cut paper thing with no signature and thought WAT!!! but mine was in it too That makes seven ttms for 2014
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Got him to sign my GQ as well! Turned out flawless!!
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Good news and bad news.... got back Scooter Gennett today 1/1 (35 days)... but also am stuck at home because of the weather (and sick...) and also received yet another RTS, this time from my only White Sox ST sendout Jose Dariel Abreu. WTF!!! That makes like 8 RTS in about 10 days, and is also my 6th ST ttm to get returned. All it said was "unable to forward", what, did I send too early??!
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Good news and bad news.... got back Scooter Gennett today 1/1 (35 days)... but also am stuck at home because of the weather (and sick...) and also received yet another RTS, this time from my only White Sox ST sendout Jose Dariel Abreu. WTF!!! That makes like 8 RTS in about 10 days, and is also my 6th ST ttm to get returned. All it said was "unable to forward", what, did I send too early??!
Sorry to hear about the misfortunes with the RTS's man. Love the scooter though, I need that exact card for my set!
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thanks man! i figured out what the problem was (with this rts anyway...) haha funny story, I messed up the zip code. Checking that zip online out of curiousity showed me it was an addy in Minnesota.. so lol. huge whoops on my part, glad it's not too late to resend at least.

About the Gennett, he has his offseason address listed on his website for fanmail. My return was postmarked from Florida, so he must have sent before getting ready for ST in AZ
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Good news and bad news.... got back Scooter Gennett today 1/1 (35 days)... but also am stuck at home because of the weather (and sick...) and also received yet another RTS, this time from my only White Sox ST sendout Jose Dariel Abreu. WTF!!! That makes like 8 RTS in about 10 days, and is also my 6th ST ttm to get returned. All it said was "unable to forward", what, did I send too early??!
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thanks man! i figured out what the problem was (with this rts anyway...) haha funny story, I messed up the zip code. Checking that zip online out of curiousity showed me it was an addy in Minnesota.. so lol. huge whoops on my part, glad it's not too late to resend at least.

About the Gennett, he has his offseason address listed on his website for fanmail. My return was postmarked from Florida, so he must have sent before getting ready for ST in AZ
I know this has been pretty much resolved already but I think you are sending a bit too early. While pitchers and catchers are starting to report I think you have a better shot sending in late February as opposed to right now
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I know this has been pretty much resolved already but I think you are sending a bit too early. While pitchers and catchers are starting to report I think you have a better shot sending in late February as opposed to right now
Players do work out at the facilities BEFORE the report date, it's my understanding that the report date is the last day they MUST show up. I admit my sendouts were a little early though, but if I had the chance to send all of them again I wouldn't do it any later than like the 17th anyway
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Players do work out at the facilities BEFORE the report date, it's my understanding that the report date is the last day they MUST show up. I admit my sendouts were a little early though, but if I had the chance to send all of them again I wouldn't do it any later than like the 17th anyway
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Got my first ST 2014 ttm in today! 1/1 from a new Phillies rotation member, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez! Postmarked from Tampa and signed in black, 17 days!

I thought at first I might have wasted my money on the card since I bought two of these for $3, but I'm so glad to see it worked out. Amazing sig too!

That puts me at:
1/59 (total ttm) 2%
1/32 (Grapefruit items) 3%
1/2 (phillies) 50%
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Great stuff and nice to see 2013's successes all in one post! Gonzalez has an awesome auto
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Great stuff and nice to see 2013's successes all in one post! Gonzalez has an awesome auto
Thank you man! Look forward to your great summer returns

I had a VERY good day of ttm today, got back 3 STs!

A's - Evan Scribner - 1/1
Red Sox - Dalier Hinojosa - 1/1
Cardinals - Randy Choate - 2/2

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That Dalier turned out great with the silver ink!
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Thank you! I didn't even know he'd sign it that way, but it did come out nice. I'm hoping for even more tomorrow!
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